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Favorites - Rename in Windows 7 Navigation Pane

How to Rename "Favorites" in Navigation Pane in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
17 Aug 2010
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How to Rename "Favorites" in Navigation Pane in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
This will show you how to rename the Favorites folder in the Navigation Pane to any name that you like for all users in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Tip   Tip
The default folder for Favorites is the Links folder located at the location below.

C:\Users\(user-name)\Links



EXAMPLE: Favorites in Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is the Favorites group default name (left screenshot below) and renamed (right screenshot below) in the Navigation Pane.
Favorites - Rename in Windows 7 Navigation Pane-default_favorites.jpg

Favorites - Rename in Windows 7 Navigation Pane-renamed_favorites.png

Here's How:
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, then press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below: (see screenshot below step 4)
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}
4. In the left pane of regedit, right click on the {323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E} key, and click/tap on Permissions. (see screenshot below)
Favorites - Rename in Windows 7 Navigation Pane-favorites1.jpg
5. In Windows 7, do the following below in order below to take ownership and full control of this registry key, and go to step 7 below. (see example screenshot below)
A) Click on the Advanced button.
B) Click on the Owner tab.
C) Select your Administrator account.
D) Click on OK.
E) At the top, select the Administrators group.
F) At the bottom, check the Allow box to the right of Full Control.
G) Click on OK.
Favorites - Rename in Windows 7 Navigation Pane-step2.jpg
6. In Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, or Windows RT 8.1, you will need to take ownership (step 3 of Option Three at link) of the DefaultIcon key, set permissions (step 4 of Option Two at link) to "Allow" Administrators "Full Control" of the DefaultIcon key, and go to step 7 below.

7. In the right pane of regedit, double click/tap on LocalizedString to modify it, and do step 8 or 9 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)
Favorites - Rename in Windows 7 Navigation Pane-favorites3.jpg
8. To Rename "Favorites" in Navigation Pane
A) Type in any name that your would like, click/tap on OK, and go to step 10 below. (see screenshot below)
Name:  Step4.jpg
Views: 747
Size:  22.8 KB
9. To Restore Default "Favorites" Name in Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Copy and paste the value below, click/tap on OK, and go to step 10 below. (see screenshot below)
@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21796

Name:  Favorites5.jpg
Views: 745
Size:  25.0 KB
10. Close regedit.

11. If Windows Explorer (Windows 7/8) or File Explorer (Windows 8.1) is open, then close and reopen them to see the change.

That's it,
Shawn




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